The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Our Stories: High School Artists 2023

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February 25 – May 20, 2023

This annual exhibition showcases the creativity and artistic achievement of high school artists across Tucson and Pima County. What unique artistic practices have teachers and student artists developed in classrooms across Southern Arizona? What ideas do young artists want to express, and how do they do it through art? Artworks are chosen for the exhibition and submitted by local high school teachers. We are thrilled to highlight the technical skill and creative thought that these young artists possess.

Five participating artists are also chosen to receive the Outstanding Emerging High School Artist Award, selected by a jury of faculty from the University of Arizona School of Art and UAMA staff. In partnership with the School of Art, we are excited to offer $1,000 tuition awards to any Outstanding Emerging High School Artist awardee who enrolls as a BA or BFA major at the School of Art in the next two years. Jurors will judge artworks based on craft, originality, overall composition, and development of the idea or concept.

If you are curious about participating in future exhibitions, contact Willa Ahlschwede at willa@arizona.edu or learn more about the submission guidelines.

Outstanding Emerging High School Artist Award Winners (in alphabetical order)

Roberto R. Bours, Salch’s Wonderland | Sabino High School, Teacher: Leva Daly

Allison Jennings, Siren | Ironwood Ridge High School, Teacher: Jill Menaugh

Melissa Cristina Large, Nanatita | Salpointe Catholic High School, Teacher: Betina Fink

Alyssa Palomares, Connected | Tucson Unified Virtual Academy, Teacher: Carrie Vonier

Victoria Quang, Stannard lighthouse | Sabino High School, Teacher: Michael Speir 

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

Andrea Gallego, Majority | Cholla High School, Teacher: William Wiggins

Zarria Middleton, My Heaven | Santa Rita High School, Teacher: William Hogan

Daniel Novelo, Short Lighting | Walden Grove High School, Teacher: Juan Yescas

Smana, Rightful Reclamation | Walden Grove High School, Teacher: Tracy Brown

Adrianna Torres, Brad’s Tree House | Walden Grove High School, Teacher: Elizabeth McCowin